Charlie, the First Kronenbun

November 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”



Last month I lost my Charlie to kidney disease. He was 10 years old, which is pretty good for a rabbit, and also suffered from arthritis and runny cecals. He had only been diagnosed with kidney problems at the beginning of the year, but may have had issues for longer. I’ll never know if the daily Metacam for his arthritis contributed, but I would be cautious about doing that for other rabbits in the future. I would definitely check blood work more often, and am getting a baseline for all my rabbits now.

When he finally stopped eating anything, was not maintaining his temperature, and was lethargic, I knew it was his time. I did not want him to suffer. I was not sure if I should bring his bonded mate, Piper, to his euthanasia, but the vet recommend it. She let me put Piper up on the table with Charlie, so he could be with her at the end. She was not very upset and I think she understood something.

Piper was fine back at home, and I’m going to attempt to bond her to our failed-foster Cameron soon. They’re living side-by-side now, getting to know one another. It’s usually a good idea to not wait too long to bond after the loss of a mate. Once he or she has grieved, it’s helpful for them to have a friend before they get too used to being alone and get overly territorial. Having Cameron upstairs with her has helped me too. Charlie’s absence leaves a big hole in my life, and Cameron’s plucky little wobbly body helps fill that.

You know how much you meant to me, Charlie, you were so smart that you’ve raised my expectations for all rabbits. No one else will ever quite compare, but all the bunnies whom I love after you, have you to thank for making rabbits part of my world.

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Always Remembered

October 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”

This past weekend my Charlie wanted to eat less and less, and today is refusing almost all food. I brought him to our amazing vet and his blood work shows that his kidneys are in very bad shape and that she recommends putting him to sleep in a couple of days. His creatinine is up to 6.4 from 5.2 last month, and doc says that once it’s over 6, rabbits usually don’t feel like eating. He’ll still swallow the critical care once I get the syringe in his mouth, but doesn’t want to eat on his own.

His potassium was 6.7 and BUN was 83, both high. He has trouble maintaining his temperature, so I’ve got heated snuggle safes and a safe floor pad down as well as a space heater keeping the room he’s in warm. I’m giving him time to snuggle with Piper, but she’s keeping a little distance. He did this right before Bella passed away, so Piper may be picking up on his illness. She’s not as intuitive though, so she might just be clueless.

Charlie was my first rabbit and the one who started everything bunny for me and my family. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.

Charlie Update and Cameron Cleanup

September 29, 2018 at 11:17 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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My Charlie had his first six cold laser treatments over these past two weeks, and now I’ll take him for more every week or every other. I’m starting with one week, then two and seeing how he is. I’d rather not take him every week if he does okay with every other. He is not happy about going, although they have been cleaning up his butt for me, which I’m happy about!

We cleaned our Cameron’s pen today. He was very confused as to what was happening. I’m sure he was not happy that we vacuumed up all of his loose fur and took away all the smells. I’m sure he’ll make it his again soon. He already started on bunstruction with the cardboard in front of the bookcase.


Charlie Goes Down But Stands Back Up

September 24, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment


I was away for a few days last week, and my parents were watching Charlie when he suddenly lost the use of his back legs. They were wonderful taking care of him, rushing him to the vet in the morning, propping him up and moving him to dry locations, feeding him, and even giving him water in syringes. He had been a little crooked the days before, and fell over a couple of times, but he was moving around okay when I left him. It could be arthritis or perhaps an injury from falling over. He started getting cold laser treatment at the vet, and within a couple of days was standing up, and hopping around with the legs very well again. By the time I came home, he was moving around like nothing had happened. I’m so grateful that my parents spent so much time caring for and feeding him. I know both they and he were happy to have me home again!

My Little Man’s Hanging in There

September 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment

“Piper & Charlie”

My Charlie finally seems stable again. His temperature is still dipping in the middle of the day, but the vet said as long as he’s moving around, acting like normal that it’s okay for him. He may just have a lower normal body temperature, and he’s lost some insulation as he’s gotten older. I also cut out the syringe feedings to see if he’d eat more pellets on his own. He is eating a little more, he’s just such a fussy eater. We didn’t do blood work since it wouldn’t change the treatment plan for now, so hopefully we get some better numbers when he goes back in October and his course of antibiotics is finished.

Recovery at a Snail’s Pace

September 5, 2018 at 10:25 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment

“Piper & Charlie”


Piper “Visiting” Charlie

My Charlie has been ill for the past week and a half, but does seem to making some progress, albeit at a slow pace. He finally started eating pellets yesterday, even just a few is welcome at this point. I think the infection is the cause of him not feeling well, since he started to improve after starting on that. He’s on Azithromycin for a month.

He has not been maintaining his temperature very well though. Most times, when I check him after couple hours off of heat, his temp is below 101 again. Yesterday I got a 101.1 after 2 hours, and then again later in the day, so I’m hopeful it will continue to improve. I had wondered if the Galliprant just started for his arthritis could be lowering his temperature, so I stopped it for a couple days. It may lower his temp initially, but it I think that wears off after a couple of hours. He just wound up more crooked, so I put him back on it. Sometimes I put his carrier on a heating pad on my bed and Piper would jump up to visit him. Well, I think she just wanted the food in the carrier.

Busy with My Boy

August 29, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

My Charlie hasn’t been doing so well the last couple of days. He’s still got an infection somewhere, so we’re trying another antibiotic for a month. His kidney function has also gotten worse. He’s basically not eating on his on own except for a few fruit treats and the occasional piece of cilantro. He grinds his teeth sometimes, I noticed it when he urinated a couple of times, so we got Buprenex from the vet to give him in addition to his Galliprant. It’s so hard not knowing what is wrong with him, but I’m trying to make him as comfortable as possible. His temperature has been below 101 so he’s been on a heating pad in his carrier a lot. Whenever I let him out, he usually snuggles with his mate Piper, and at 10 lbs, I think she makes a pretty good heating element herself.

Keep That Rabbit Eating

August 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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I started my Charlie back on an appetite stimulant, Periactin. I’m only giving him 1/4 pill every two days to start. Between that and the Galliprant for pain, he tends to get a little groggy. I don’t want him to not eat because he’s too sleepy, so I have to balance it out. When you start out with a young, healthy bunny, you never think you’ll have to worry about getting them to eat more! Most of my other rabbits would love to eat all of Charlie’s food, and most of the them are a little overweight too. I keep telling my not-so-mini Rex Hershey that someday, when he’s older, he can have more pellets than the few gets on his diet now. I think he’s starting to think I’m lying to him.

Just a Lick

August 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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Cheeks bunny likes to lick my ankles while she snuggles with them. That’s nice, especially since I don’t get that from most of my rabbits. Cameron is really the only licker. Sometimes Charlie will give my ankles a few licks, but that’s because he’s asking to eat. He has to be fed on demand, otherwise his mate Piper would eat all of his food. His joints have been a little stiffer lately, perhaps due to the cooler and damp weather. The first half of the day he sleeps more, not moving around much. He’s still running around, asking to eat in the evening though, so he’s still got some spark left in him.

Surprise, It’s a Bunny!

August 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie, Piper & Cameron”



There’s a big box in Mason’s pen and he’s decided that it makes a great perch. It’s really for sitting under, but he likes to sit on top of it as well. Guess the couch isn’t’ giving him a good enough view!

Last night we brought Cameron upstairs for some run around time, in a larger space. We’ve done this before, but this time I put a double fence down the middle of the hall, and let him see Charlie and Piper. He spends a lot of time looking at rabbits through fences, downstairs, so I thought he’d like to see the bunnies upstairs too. He did, but my Piper was very upset. I don’t know why, maybe she just wasn’t expecting to see him there. She was on high alert the whole time, except for when Charlie came over and she snuggled with him. Charlie was a little curious, but didn’t care as much as Piper.

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